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What is the most hyped overrated place in the world?

Old Jun 29th, 2008, 01:25 PM
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The whole of middle America (particularly BRANSON Yuk!. The other people who put Las Vegas then they really did not get it did they!Anyone who can say NYC cannot be serious. The ones that said London were right and I live there!
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Old Jun 29th, 2008, 01:46 PM
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Old Jun 29th, 2008, 02:42 PM
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Cinque Terra....way over hyped. Rick Steves has it aslmost as a "holy place" where one whispers when one talks about it.
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Old Jun 29th, 2008, 03:58 PM
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The other people who put Las Vegas then they really did not get it did they!Anyone who can say NYC cannot be serious. The ones that said London were right and I live there

I "get it", and I'd take London over Las Vegas any day! Good thing there's something for everyone.

Reading this post, I'm reminded of the movie/play 'Shirley Valentine' where there are Brits who vacation in Greece but really just want their fish and chips and everything to be the same as home.

The first time my MIL and her companion went to Europe they came home complaining "If they just used the dollar (instead of pounds, lira and francs), everything would be better".
 
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Outer Banks,NC- I just don't get why everyone loves it so much.

Marseille, France- not at all what I was expecting for a seaside city in the South of France.I had been to Cannes previously and was expecting something similar.

St.Martin- just didn't do it for me. I'll take St.Thomas/St.John any day!
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I would also agree with Key West and pretty much all the Florida keys being highly Overrated. Even the water is an ugly green color unless you go far out on the boat. but that doesn't count. Just a dump from Florida City all the way to Key West with it's overpriced trinket shops and flat boring Landscape. I am amazed the Beach boys added Key Largo to the Lyrics of their hit song "Kokomo"

Two upsides are the Key lime Pie and hidden rope swings along the bridges off highway US-1.
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Old Jan 25th, 2012, 06:53 PM
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Well, I've surveyed all 165 responses. The consensus of all the experienced travelers in this thread is that the Whole World is overrated.
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Old Jan 25th, 2012, 07:47 PM
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Any place is great when your baby's there, but when not:

A town's a lonely town,
When you pass through
And there is no one waiting there for you,
Then it's a lonely town.
You wander up and down,
The crowds rush by,
A million faces pass before your eye,
Still it's a lonely town.

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Old Jan 25th, 2012, 07:49 PM
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Why dig up a 4 year old thread?
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Old Jan 26th, 2012, 12:56 PM
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Why dig up a 4 year old thread?

So Jetzy (a first-timer) could bad mouth Key West.

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Old Jan 26th, 2012, 01:02 PM
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jetzy registered and somehow found this 10 year old thread ?? It was stupid in 2002, stupid when it was topped in 2007, stupid when it was topped in 2008, and still stupid . . .
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Old Jan 26th, 2012, 01:39 PM
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Phoenix ,fer shure, is the most overrated. Miles concrete highways with ugly sound walls, fake turf everywhere...makes me thirsty just thinking about it!
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Old Jan 26th, 2012, 02:28 PM
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Old Jan 26th, 2012, 03:18 PM
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Oscar Wilde on Niagara Falls:

"the second biggest disappointment in a young bride's life"
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Old Jan 30th, 2012, 08:30 PM
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Woops, didn't realize this was a 4 year old thread until it was mentioned... But I think it's still valid in 2012. I could see the silliness in renewing a thread about outdated computer software or the latest Fad's, but it's about travel spots.

Yes, everyone's opinion is different but when places like Key West & Vegas keep popping up on this thread more often then other places, then it may sway someone to choose the alternative if they were contemplating 2 different vacation spots. That's how I found this thread!

I will add New Orleans to the overrated list unless it's Mardi Gras.
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Old Jan 30th, 2012, 09:46 PM
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"Climbing up the Tour Eiffel" - Its good to be there but I was just irritated by the loooonnnnnnnggggggggggg queue I've ever seen.
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Old Jan 30th, 2012, 10:05 PM
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jetzy registered and somehow found this 10 year old thread ?? It was stupid in 2002, stupid when it was topped in 2007, stupid when it was topped in 2008, and still stupid . . .

I disagree. I find it fascinating that when I come to this forum I am in the company of people who are unable to appreciate what places such as Paris, Hawaii, Barcelona, and New York have to offer. It's sad, but intriguing.

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Old Feb 1st, 2012, 02:37 PM
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Wall Drug


(about as overrated as are TEN-year-old threads)


This thread is like a comet, which thrives within view every five years
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Old Feb 2nd, 2012, 07:08 AM
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>>> Why dig up a 4 year old thread? >>>

It's actually a 10 year old thread! LOL!

IMHO, many people think places are "overrated" b/c they don't meet their expectations -- which are often unrealistic.

I was disappointed in Rio when I visited there one summer many years ago. I had a foolish image in my head of a carnival atmosphere all year round and was expecting to see people dancing the samba in the street.

Obviously, it wasn't like that. People just went about their business as in any other major city. But I can't say it was "overrated". My expectations were just not realistic.

And the city itself, with its setting on the beach, is really quite beautiful, and its famous attractions are impressive. Happily for me, I quickly realized that, and appreciated it for what it was.

I think a lot of people who have expressed negative opinions about many places don't travel with an open mind.

Perhaps a better title for this thread would have been "What places disappointed you, and why?"
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